President's Pen May 2017

By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Thursday May 4, 2017

Welcome to Term Two. Across the NZAIMS network we have a wealth of knowledge around effective learning in the Middle Schooling environment and so we are asking you share practices or systems.

Welcome to Term Two. During the break I hope you had time away from the endless stream of emails and made the most of the fantastic sunshine.

A priority for our current NZAIMS Executive is to provide PLD opportunities that are age relevant and assist in promoting quality learning experiences for our students. We will do this through the delivery of conferences that are specific to the Middle Years of Schooling and by encouraging our membership to share their effective practices and ideas.

This started last term when we held our inaugural,” Aspiring Leaders in Middle Schools Conference.” What a great success. Thank you to the 40 schools that sent delegates and I hope they all returned to school motivated, with new ideas and an extensive network of contacts.

Across the NZAIMS network we have a wealth of knowledge around effective learning in the Middle Schooling environment and so we are asking you share practices or systems. If your school has an article published or you have engaged in a successful intervention please send the information to our executive officer at and it will publish on our website. So often we buy in “expertise” and the solutions or new idea we are seeking are readily available from within our network.

Our first article is included in this bulletin. Thank you, Pukekohe Intermediate.

NZAIMS Exec members are involved in a wide range of MOE and Government working parties. Of current interest is the ‘Review of Education Funding System.’ This review is divided into four Technical Reference Groups, Curriculum Based Per- Child Funding, Small and Isolated, Data for Outcomes and Funding for Disadvantage.

Middle Schooling is well represented on the Data for Outcomes and Funding for Disadvantage groups but the Exec are concerned the Curriculum group does not have a member that is currently associated with a Middle or Intermediate School. We wrote to the Minister requesting the addition of a member primarily involved in Year 7-10 education but the request was denied.

This situation is of concern to us, as the group will be looking at the provision of Technology and the funding to support it. I am a member of the Advisory Group whom the Reference Groups report back to and so I will be monitoring the situation and we will keep you informed of any concerns that may emerge. I trust the group member’s value and understand the importance of the different curriculum features for different ages and stages.

Upcoming events are detailed later in this newsletter and we appreciate you being proactive by enrolling early. First up is the Moot in Wellington on June 13.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our organisation. Membership numbers are stronger than they have been for quite some time. Have a successful term and we look forward to you joining us at the Moot.

Sharon Keen

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